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Healthy & Safe Halloween For Our Curious Crusaders

I’m proud to take part as a blogging ambassador with the CHPA (Consumer Healthcare Products Association) Educational Foundation and KnowYourOTCs.org. This is a Sponsored Post! While I Have Received Compensation From The CHPA Educational Foundation, All Opinions Are My Own. Thank You For Supporting CityGirlGoneMom.

From the time I was three years old, Halloween has been one of my favorite holidays. Likely it was the costumes and candy, but maybe I was secretly excited that Halloween meant old Saint Nick would soon follow. Either way, I loved growing up in NYC, and autumn was always magical. As a kid, there was a tight-knit group of friends on our block, and every year someone’s parents would throw an amazing Halloween party for us, and those memories I hold dear. Being part of that neighborhood gave me a sense of pride and belonging. It was constant, familiar & comforting. And now, as a mother of four who has finally planted roots in our new home in southern California, I’m thrilled for my kids to have similar traditions.

Like most cautious moms, before we dive into those traditions, I think it’s important we address the health, and safety when it comes to our kids’ natural curiosities and all that extra candy lying around the house. And with daddy being a dentist, it is my pleasure to team up with my favorite parent resource, Know Your OTCs to share important tips for keeping those teeth and gums healthy, along with some important safety reminders.

Did Someone Say Billion?

This year, the National Retail Federation projects Americans will spend a remarkable $2.7 billion (with a B!) on candy. Where does all that candy go?

Our Teeth!!!

As parents, we not only pass on our genes to our children, but we pass on our habits as well. They look to us for everything, from how we should treat one another, to what we should eat, to how we can make the most of each day & for how we should take care of ourselves. By the time we’re adults, most of us are pretty stellar teeth brushers. But, do we know how to educate our children on important details like the how much toothpaste children should use when brushing. Lucky for me, daddy is a dentist, and agrees that our friends at Know Your OTC’s know their stuff!

Here’s an age guideline just for you:

  • Kids under 3 should use a grain of rice sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Kids 3-6 years old should use a pea sized amount to minimize swallowing.
  • Kids 8 and under should be supervised to develop good brushing and rinsing habits.

Check out the KnowYour OTCs website for more information on fluoride and additional oral care tips here.

Curious Crusaders

Let’s face it, kids are curious! And without a doubt, it’s one of their best features. That being said, if we as parents aren’t careful, this curiosity could lead to accidents. This Halloween season, take a minute to make sure all of your over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are stored safely – up, away and out of sight. Kids can be easily confused when candy resembles the look and color of some OTC medicines. Unfortunately, every day in the U.S., 4 busloads of kids are seen in Emergency Rooms due to accidental medicine ingestion.

3 Simple & Proactive Tips For Safety 

  • Make sure all your medicines are stored safely – up, away, and out of sight.
  • Never ever refer to medicines as candy and teach your kids that only parents or a caregiver can give them medicine.
  • Keep the Poison Control number handy: 800-222-1222

Mothering, wifing, educating and creating give me purpose, and make me the person I am. No matter how blissful or chaotic it can all be at times, I have the eyes and ears of my four mini spectators watching, listening and learning straight from their mom source. With all that they observe, there are a few routines that are non-negotiables in our household, designed to instill healthy habits. At the top of the list? Best practices with oral hygiene (or simply brushing teeth twice a day).

Halloween is an incredibly exciting time of year for most kids. And for parents, it’s incredibly busy with class parties, costume shopping/making, pumpkin carving, and trick-or-treating. This year, let’s all mom together and put safety with oral hygiene at the forefront of our fun! I encourage all of you to visit KnowYourOTCs.org to be in the know with the best parental tips.

I’m proud to take part as a blogging ambassador with the CHPA (Consumer Healthcare Products Association) Educational Foundation and KnowYourOTCs.org. This is a Sponsored Post! While I Have Received Compensation From The CHPA Educational Foundation, All Opinions Are My Own. Thank You For Supporting CityGirlGoneMom.

 

 

4 comments

  1. This is the best post ever! Such important tips! Thank you

  2. Pretty shocking the amount of candy that is consumed. Definitely need to stress the need for brushing. Thanks for the info. Loved all your gorgeous pics!!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      you are so very welcome and thank you

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